While most of our societies no longer need adults capable of hunting to ensure our protein supply, we clearly still have a burning need to find ways to prove ourselves, especially when we are young. NPR reported on a nationwide problem, recently: teenagers are vandalizing school property for the attention on social media. Somehow, the very human need to prove oneself is being channeled into a means of seeking approval that actually does damage to the infrastructure that was built to help those same kids move forward in life. Clearly, something is missing. Is it that we don’t seek buy-in from our young people about the ways we try to prepare them for life, or is it that we lack ways of allowing all of them to gain healthy attention, apart from empty participation trophies?
The new rite of passage I imagined some years ago may be a tool that can help us use that peer pressure and need to prove ourselves, turning into a benefit for all of society, and maybe for the benefit of us all?
1.) What, if you wish to share, was a defining moment of self-proof that made a difference in your life?
2.) How would having a new way of showing what each person can do affect the role of teenagers and coming of age in our society, do you imagine?
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Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.